Haurata High Country Retreat

Gisborne Houses

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'Gisborne's best kept secret'

. Breathe the clean mountain air
. Drink the pure spring water
. Discover the pleasures of living in the remote hills of Gisborne.
NZ 100% pure splendid isolation

Enjoy the Haurata experience, great for family getaways, walking holidays, a romantic escape or just to experience New Zealand. This diamond in the hills could be your next escape . . . Situated between Gisborne and Opotiki, Haurata is approximately 65km from Gisborne city and 24km east of Matawai village. Experience Accommodation in Gisborne's stunning, rugged backcountry as you leave SH2 and weave through the unique bluffs and rock sculptures on the 13 kms up Makaretu Road to Haurata.

The main accommodation at Haurata is a very comfortable four bedroom holiday home set in the large park-like garden surroundings. The private rhododendron garden with deciduous, evergreen and organic fruit trees provides the ultimate place to relax.

The avenues of cherry trees, spiral garden ceremonial area and old woolshed are all yours to explore and enjoy exclusively as a guest of Haurata.

A narrow track leads from the garden into the native bush and beautiful rocky river. The river is a playground for the adventurous with rockslides, swimming holes and waterfalls. This is a truly magnificent experience for nature lovers.

Add to the luxury of your getaway by ordering delicious, wholesome gourmet meals, which will be cooked for you, on-site, using fresh produce from our garden and the local area.

Backpackers Cottage:

This rustic cottage is quirky, cosy and authentic - backpacker heaven.

This old shearers quarters has been painted and decorated tastefully with a vintage shabby chic feel.

The authentic building is set in the beautiful Haurata garden and is compatible with the main house if both buildings are used by large groups of up to 14 people.


  • Air Strip
  • Airport shuttle
  • Barbecue
  • Catering
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothesline
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Croquet
  • Dining Room
  • DVD Player
  • Free WiFi
  • Freeview TV
  • Fridge in Unit
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Full Kitchen in Unit
  • Guest Lounge
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Room
  • Linen Provided
  • Microwave in Unit
  • Parking
  • Pet friendly
  • TV

Map & Directions

1257 Makaretu Rd, Gisborne, Eastland, New Zealand, 4092


Directions to Haurata
From Gisborne

Makaraka is a small place just before you get into Gisborne ( south side of Gisborne)

Follow the SH2 sign towards Opotiki.

The bottom of the Makaretu is 47 km from Makaraka

Just before you get to the bottom of our road there is an uphill bridge.

Once on the Makaretu rd PRESS you hubometer or speedometer to zero as you will be driving for 12.5 kms. I always drive this road in 2nd gear.

When at approx. 6 km you get to a fork, keep right.

658 Aerial is the hub of the farm where our son lives and you are ?? way.

After going over the 2nd bridge you are only one corner from the Haurata drive way.
There is an alternative driveway 300 m up the road for those who have front wheel drive cars ,vans , a bus or who don't feel comfortable tackling the steep gravel driveway.
The gates are nearly always closed to either keep stock in or out.
Please keep well over to the left going around blind corners as lots of people use the Makaretu Rd

Many Thanks

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, less any fees paid for cancellations made greater than 30 days of your arrival date.
Cancellations made within 30 days of your arrival date are non-refundable.

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